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Waterproof mobile phones news - Suffolk motorists using phones while driving

Customers who purchase waterproof mobile phones may intend to use their handsets underwater or in damp conditions. Rugged, durable or specialised handsets often appeal to consumers who want to stay connected at all times.

However, a person must never use their phone while driving. Using a mobile when behind the wheel is dangerous and offenders can expect to receive three penalty points on their licence and a fine of £60.

Despite this, new figures show a 33% increase in the number of Suffolk motorists using their mobile phones while driving.

In 2010, Suffolk Constabulary issued 1,998 fixed penalty notices to motorists who used their phones on the roads. However, in 2011, this figure increased to 2,650.

Richard Coteau, a spokesman for road safety charity Brake, said texting, using the internet, or social networking behind the wheel can kill.

He said, "The use of mobile phones, whether hand-held or hands-free, while driving reduces concentration and shows a flagrant disregard for safety.

"These statistics reveal a worrying increase in the number of people in Suffolk taking risks with their own and other peoples' lives. Brake urges all drivers to turn off their phone and put it out of reach when driving to prevent temptation."

The charity also urged the government to introduce legislation which would ban the use of hands-free phones while driving.

Although dust, shock and waterproof mobile phones are extremely useful, these gadgets must never be used while driving. If a motorist has to make a phone call, he or she should first ensure they are parked in a safe location before using their handset.